Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Max Borenstein
Based on: Gojira
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ty Olsson
Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) used to work at a nuclear power plant in Japan until an accident claimed Sandra’s life and left Joe convinced that there was something more to it. As he tries to figure out what it could have been, it’s his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who suffers for it. Years later Ford is again called to Japan to help with his father who doesn’t care about the legality of his research that much. And it turns out that Joe was right all along and suddenly Ford finds himself in the middle of a fight against monsters.
Godzilla has beautiful special effects and a good cast but unfortunately also bland characters and a stereotypical story. It just couldn’t hold my interest.
I know that a movie is fucked when I start to take apart the smallest details and with this one it happened about 45 minutes in: I started to question the evolutionary logic of the MUTOs. And since the “science” of the film, or anything really, generally isn’t the most logical (so the MUTOs send out an EMP that fries all the electrical things in the area – until Godzilla screams which somehow counteracts the effects. Whut?) there was a lot to complain about.
But even well before that there were several warning signs that it wouldn’t be the greatest piece of writing. The fridging of Sandra. The fact that Ford has no personality (he was so boring, in fact, that not even the fact that he is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson could keep me really interested). The absolutely cliched set-up. It just sucked.
There were two things, though, that saved the film being completely crap. One was every scene where Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins showed up. I want an entire movie about them (and it should be a movie where she gets to do a little more than she did here). And the other thing were the beautiful special effects. Godzilla looks exactly like the old Godzilla, only as real as I’ve ever seen a creature be in film. It was beautiful. (The MUTOs weren’t as lucky.)
Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to keep the film from being boring and ultimately disappointing.